Kia Picanto

Both front seats have seat back and seat side pockets for storing books and magazines. The two front doors also both contain hard-case map pockets. A case for storing sunglasses is standard, mounted above the driver’s door. A ticket-holder can be found on the rear of the driver’s sun visor. A storage tray under the passenger seat rounds out the range of storage areas in the front of the car while a luggage tray in the trunk keeps small or valuable items secure.

The 60:40 split rear seats offer both back folding and double folding options, creating seven different configurations for the rear seats. The high opening angle of the trunk and the wide access to the luggage compartment make it easily accessible. The trunk also features luggage hooks and a luggage net to ensure that cargo does not move around the storage space when the car is moving.

The Picanto’s audio system incorporates a range of head-units fitted in-market to reflect regional preferences in the markets in which the car will be offered. All audio-systems feature a roof mounted AM/FM radio antenna.

Sound is broadcast through up to six-speakers, with a speaker mounted in each of the front and rear doors and tweeters mounted in the A-pillars.

The driver’s seat features a four-way adjuster function. Both the driver and front passenger seats feature slide and recline adjustability, allowing the occupant to alter the angle of recline of the seat back and the distance of the seat from the dashboard.

Both the driver’s seat and front passenger seat also feature optional seat warmers and adjustable headrests. The Picanto includes a full range of electrical refinements as standard with additional optional features for maximum ease of use.

Outside mirrors can be adjusted using a switch mounted on the armrest on the driver’s door and central locking comes as standard while a supplementary keyless entry system is available.

The driving controls are laid out to ensure maximum vehicle control without sacrificing comfort. The clearly laid out instrument panel is easy to read at a glance and features an adjustable back-light for night driving operated from a rotary switch below the steering wheel. The rear-view mirror features manually controlled day and night settings.


The Picanto comes with a choice of petrol engines – a 1.0 and a 1.1 SOHC litre powerplant – that offer an excellent blend of sporty performance and outstanding fuel economy. The 1.0 litre engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The 1.1 litre plant is available with either a five-speed manual or a four speed automatic transmission. The Picanto is also one of the most efficient cars in its class in terms of CO2 emissions. The 1.0 litre engine produces 120 grammes of carbon dioxide per kilometre. The 1.1 version generates a miserly 130 g/km in the manual version and 153 g/km in the automatic version.

The 1.1 engine provides 64 ps at 5,500 rpm and 9.8 kgm of torque at 4,000 rpm, making the Picanto one of the most powerful cars in its class. The 1.0 provides 60 ps and 8.8 kgm of torque. Highly efficient and lightweight, the engines promise dynamic performance and excellent fuel economy.

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Published : 18/09/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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